decency

[[t]di͟ːs(ə)nsi[/t]]
1) N-UNCOUNT Decency is the quality of following accepted moral standards.

Unfortunately, on Friday night he showed neither decency nor dignity...

His sense of decency forced him to resign.

...the threat of rampant materialism to common decency and enlightened values.

2) PHRASE: oft with brd-neg, V inflects, PHR to-inf (disapproval) If you say that someone did not have the decency to do something, you are criticizing them because there was a particular action which they did not do but which you believe they ought to have done.

Somebody should have had the decency to inform myself and John Prescott of what was planned.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • decency — index clemency, decorum, propriety (correctness) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • decency — *decorum, propriety, dignity, etiquette Analogous words: seemliness, decorousness (see corresponding adjectives at DECOROUS): fitness, suitability, fittingness, appropriateness (see corresponding adjectives at FIT) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • decency — [n] respectable behavior appropriateness, ceremoniousness, civility, conventionality, correctness, courtesy, decorum, dignity, etiquette, fitness, fittingness, formality, good form, good manners, honesty, modesty, propriety, respectability,… …   New thesaurus

  • decency — ► NOUN (pl. decencies) 1) decent behaviour. 2) (decencies) standards of propriety …   English terms dictionary

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  • decency — n. 1) common decency 2) the decency to + inf. (he didn t even have the decency to call) 3) (misc.) to observe the decencies; a spark of decency * * * [ diːs(ə)nsɪ] a spark of decency (misc.) to observe the decencyies common decency the decency to …   Combinatory dictionary

  • decency — noun (U) 1 a quality in someone s character that makes them honest and polite and makes them have respect for other people: a judgement that reflects the decency and good sense of the American people 2 acceptable behaviour, especially moral and… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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